Welcome to the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority

As of July 8, 2022

Ganaraska Forest remains CLOSED!

The 9 Conservation Areas are now OPEN

Tree Top Trekking Ganaraska is now open

The Ganaraska Forest Centre is now operating by appointment only

GRCA Administrative Office is now OPEN but appointments are encouraged


July 8, 2022 - Update on the Ganaraska Forest Closure

GRCA staff continued to clear trails throughout the entire Ganaraska Forest. Downed trees along with dangerous spring poles and cracked trees do slow efforts.

Logging contractors have been solicited for the salvage harvests of storm damaged material across the Ganaraska Forest. Work will begin in July in the Central and West Forests. Logging equipment will be actively harvesting across these areas which includes some of the most impacted trail systems.

Existing memberships will be extended to reflect the closure period.

The GRCA is asking for people to PLEASE stay away from the area.

Updates will be provided as they become available. Your understanding and patience is appreciated!


Registration for Nature Nuts Summer Camp 2022 is now OPEN!! Registration Information


About Ganaraska Forest Centre

The Ganaraska Forest Centre, owned and operated by the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, is a multi-use facility, located in the heart of the 11,000-acre Ganaraska Forest. Featuring overnight accommodations for over 80 people, the facility boasts a large Great Hall, four break-out classrooms, a commercial kitchen and expert culinary staff to look after any group's dietary needs.

The certified teachers at the Ganaraska Forest Centre offer over 25 Ontario curriculum-linked outdoor educational opportunities to students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, through day-use programming, or 2, 3, 4 or 5-day Overnight Experience. The Ganaraska Forest Centres outdoor education programs meet or exceed the criteria of the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association's (OPHEA) Safety Guidelines. All instructors are Ontario-certified teachers, with outdoor education emphasis, and combined, have several years of practical, hands-on teaching experience.  The facility is also available for private and corporate events and community and non-profit groups.

The Ganaraska Forest Centre is a fully accessible site, with users having access to an All Terrain Wheelchair, for those with mobility issues.

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